WT176 – Cadbury Cream Eggs

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On today’s show, someone wants to make a Cadbury Cream Egg stand, Max is looking for budget chisels, Tom is trying to avoid tearout when cutting plywood, Dustin wants to know how often to flatten his water-stones, Mariah is pondering the draw knife, Keith wants to clamp his workbench flat, Peter is having trouble setting up his skew rabbet plane, and Ashley has some concerns about the lack of Art Deco instruction.

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What’s on the Bench

Marc – Designing the Morris Chair.
Shannon – Spring cleaning and getting distracted by Pinterest
Matt – The final finish is being applied to the platform bed.

What’s New

Sculpture showing how wood is cut from a log.
– Why you shouldn’t wear long sleeves around spinning tools:

– Faulty switch causes sander to do some damage:

– Mike Rowe’s “I Am a Woodshop Video”:

– An interview with Brian A. Hubel:


Poll of the Week

– Are your tools on the level?


– Bob Rozaieski and Stan P. both have some suggestions for Nik’s breadboard edge finishing problem mentioned in Wood Talk #175.
– Michael has some thoughts on free-hand sharpening.
– Rick has a suggestion for using the lathe as a disc sander.
– Jim has some interesting pricing information concerning Shelix cutterheads.


– Anonymous is looking for suggestions on how to make small divots for a Cadbury Cream Egg display stand.
– Max is looking for a good set of budget-friendly chisels. Marc recommends he check out Wood Talk #157.


– Tom is trying to avoid tearout when cutting plywood with a Grizzly track saw.
– Dustin wants to know if he has to flatten his waterstones after every use.
– Mariah is pondering the draw knife and when it should be used.
– Keith’s workbench has a twist and he wants to know if he can use clamping pressure to remove it.
– Peter is having trouble setting up his skew rabbet plane.
– Ashley has some concerns about the lack of Art Deco instruction.

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5 replies on “WT176 – Cadbury Cream Eggs”

In response to Matt’s comment about stinking up the house during finishing, what helped was putting a small bathroom exhaust fan in the rafters of the basement exhausting to outside. When I am ready to finish, I turn on the fan and as long as the basement door is closed and there is a small opening under the door, the fan seems to produce a negative pressure in the basement. This keep the noxious fumes from getting up to the living quarters. Keep the fan on until the smell is gone. Just a thought.

This has been an ongoing discussion in the Vanderlist household, unfortunately I have no direct windows in my shop space, but I do have a sledgehammer and an approximate idea of where ground level is for a vent hole to the outside!

You don’t need a window, just a small round hole through the plate – like the dryer exhaust. If you are in the basement, you will need to wear a good respirator. The bathroom fan will not provide adequate ventilation in the basement.

I have the Norton waterstone starting kit and found my 1000, 4000, and 8000 stones were all center high and I’m slowly wearing them down to be flat from edge to edge.

In response to Tom’s email about getting clean cuts on plywood, I use a $20 60-tooth 7-1/4 Freud Diablo blade in my dad’s old circular saw and it does a really nice job on birch plywood and the like… This saw blade and a plywood guide/shooting board virtually eliminates all tear out (especially on the plywood underneath the guide). I own several Festool tools, but using this combo and getting good results keeps moving their track saw further down on my “must have” tool list.

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